The Zender kids hired me to take a family photo for their mom Patty’s birthday. I was lucky enough to get invited to stay for one of the famous weekly Sunday dinners. I want to try to figure out how to become an honorary member of this family. This is a really extraordinary family. They have collectively and individually had some big heartbreak in the last several years. I only bring it up because sharing a night with them, I was tremendously moved by the love around that table, and how a life this rich can still continue to grow in the midst of pain.
“Rejoicing is no less rich when there is a splinter of sadness…Sweet is nice enough but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity.”
– Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet
Here’s to you Zenders. Thank you for inviting me in.
Matt has taken over his dad’s role of cooking the meat. Little Charlotte is the next up and coming chef. She always likes to help Matt in the kitchen.
Olivia just loves here little cousin Evy. She took her for a little walk through the yard.
I loved this little moment. As Matt walked by his mom into the kitchen he grabbed her hand. I could tell that this is something that they do all the time.
Brother Bobby made creme brulee